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Li Bien by Pier 1 Imports™

The Art

Each Li Bien by Pier 1 Imports™ ornament is painted by hand. And that’s only the beginning of the story. In a process that can take up to two days per design, artists use a tiny, L-shaped brush and, working through a small opening in the top of the ornament, paint in reverse on the inside surface. Hence, the name li bien—Chinese for “inside.”

The Origins

With every new Christmas season, artwork is custom-designed for the unique shapes and dimensions of each bulb. Gorgeous, color-rich stories circle all the way around the ornament in themes that range from whimsical to traditional to religious to modern. The result: A Li Bien by Pier 1 Imports™ collection so fantastic, there's literally a look that fits every style.


The picture of exclusivity, each Li Bien by Pier 1 Imports™ ornament carries its date of creation and is available only for one holiday season. Each is securely packaged in its own handcrafted gift box. And, of course, these designs are available only at Pier 1 Imports.


Year after year, customers come back to add new designs to their collection—and tell us their favorite ways to display these treasures:

  • Mixing them in with other ornaments on your tree.
  • Setting up a mini-tree to display the year’s current collection.
  • Hanging new favorites or old classics on a metal ornament tree.
  • Using the ornaments as bowl fillers on your holiday table, mantel or entryway.

The Tradition

Our collectible, colorful, one-of-a-kind ornaments have, through time, become a tradition for holiday gift-giving. They’re incredibly popular for hostess gifts, teacher’s gifts and office exchanges. It’s also a nice tradition to start with a close friend or loved one, as a gift that commemorates another year together. Nothing says “love” like a Li Bien by Pier 1 Imports™ ornament.